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Ethiopians Vote as Ruling Party Seen Extending 20-Year Rule

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Ethiopians began voting on Sunday in parliamentary elections that are expected to extend the ruling coalition’s two decades in power.

Almost 37 million people are registered to vote at 45,000 polling stations across Ethiopia, whose population of about 97 million is Africa’s biggest after Nigeria. In the last election in 2010, the opposition took 8 percent of the popular vote and won one seat out of 547 in the first-past-the-post system. Polling stations close at 6 p.m. and results are expected by Friday, according to the electoral board.